During the summer holidays I tried to read my way through the long list before the short list was announced but it was a bit ambitious! Pigeon Englist was outstanding - sad but probably something we should all read after we have tucked up our little lovelies in our nice houses to realised how very very lucky we are.. Enjoyed the Hollinghurst but it is VERY long Cupboard full of coats was excellent The Sisters Brothers is good - more of a mans read I think , it played slowly in my mind with Clint Eastwood as the starring role. Half Blood Blues about a mixed race german musician in Nazi occupied France was really really good Snowdrop was a great read too... After that I realised that the children were eating jaffa cakes for breakfast, the dogs hadn't been walked for weeks and my house had turned into a pit so needed to get my nose out of books for a while! Has anyone read the Julian Barnes?